Outstanding Student

Nuon-Soneta

Normally, the way I study is that I pay attention to the lecturer all the time, during every class; and more importantly, I always take notes on what the lecturer is saying because I think that all the information given in class is very important. When I have any questions or doubts or I feel unsure about something, I always raise my hand to ask questions. Moreover, I always actively participate in class activities such as group discussions.”
“One other thing, I realize that studying in the classroom by paying attention to the lecturers alone is not enough for us as a university student. We have to do extra self-study at home, such as reading the text-book before coming to class. Within one day, I allocate time to study according to the difficulty level of each subject or topic. For instance some subjects that are difficult to understand I would read for about one hour, as opposed to some easier subjects, which I may spend only 15 minutes on. During reading, I always take notes, especially for key terms that I cannot understand; I always Google the word to and the definition.”

Do you do anything different when studying for a quiz or exam?

“It is very beneficial for us to take notes, so when it comes to time for review for exams, I can look through my notes and easily understand the key points of all the lessons. For quizzes and exams I may take some extra time to review but it should not change too much because actually, we should start studying every day from the beginning of term, not just before a test. However, sometimes I will form group discussions with my classmates. We can share ideas and and out what we understand or don’t understand, and we can help each other with difficult concepts.”

Do you study at another university or have a job or internship?
“No I only study at the University of Cambodia. In the morning I help my mom with our business, and I attend classes in the afternoon. I used to be a youth volunteer for a social work organization, but now I am concentrating on my final exam for university.”

How do you manage your time and schedule?
“To be successful in my studies, I must manage my time and make a study plan at the beginning of each term. This is very important to me because I want to achieve good grades. Manage your time and don’t delay the tasks. That is very important, especially when you have to manage five or more courses at the same time.”

Being a student can be a very stressful and busy time, how do you manage your health?
“I admit that student life at university can be stressful. Whenever I feel stressed I stop reading or studying for a while and go out to get fresh air, relax and refresh and then later I would come back to do it again. This way I would not feel so stressed. One of the most important things is to take care of my health, it is very important to stay strong and healthy, and to get enough sleep, especially during exam time.”

What are your future plans?
“After I graduate I plan to and a job at either an NGO or in the public sector. I also have a plan to continue my studies further to obtain a Master’s degree either in Cambodia or abroad, so I am also looking for local or international scholarship.”

What advice can you give to other students who are hoping to be more successful next term?
“All students should set study goals every term, and set course expectations in terms of the end result. Meaning you should ask yourself, “What do I want to get from every subject?” The next step is to have a study plan by working out a strategy to achieve your goal, and then working hard to achieve it. Lastly, it is very important to know how to prepare for exams. You have to pay attention to the lecturer from the beginning of term, and study and prepare by taking notes during each class. I suggest that students do not leave their studying for right before exams, you will have many exams around the same period and you will feel stressed, and will not achieve good results.”

—————- By: Ms. Nuon Soneta

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Alumni Talk By: Ms. Saya Linda

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What did you like about the UC program?
“Thanks to the credit system at UC, I had the opportunity to enroll in many interesting subjects, and to pick courses from a variety of subjects. Before the new term began, I had the opportunity to look through all the courses, and along with the guidance from my Dean, I could easily decide which subjects I would study. Also, what I loved the most about UC is the centralized nature of every mid-term and ?nal exam. It is fair, transparent and most importantly, there is no possibility of cheating.”

What did you think of your program’s facilities such as the available technology, resources, and classrooms?
“Program’s facilities are very modern and suf?cient. I could easily get myself access to online learning in the E-Library, with thousands of online books and re-sources available to me. Additionally, I could always ?nd useful books on all subjects in the library, where they have been categorized for easy reference. The classroom environment is very comfortable as well, as they are equipped with air-conditioners, fans, LCD projectors, large whiteboards and lots of space for the students.”

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What accomplishments did you achieve during your university experience?
“First and foremost, I won a 100% scholarship to study at UC, a well-known and highly recognized university in Phnom Penh. Second, I never failed even a single subject during my university study. No matter how hard a subject was, I could always get through. That’s my greatest accomplishment. Third, the proudest moment was when I was elected as the President of the University of Cambodia Student Senate (UCSS) Mandate 7. I had a great year with all my team members, and we accomplished many things together for our university, other students, and for ourselves. Fourth, I was able to work in many different community projects as a translator, facilitator and project assistant, and had the opportunity to travel abroad namely to the Philippines and India.”

Was there a professor, staff, or fellow student who made a lasting impression on you or helped you when you were here at UC? How? Why?
“Professor In Sophal made a lasting impression on me, and helped me throughout my academic years at UC. He is strict and tough, but kind by nature. He always demands the highest student performance for class-room activities, assignments, and exam papers. Every-thing had to be prepared well in advance to cope with his intensive teaching and grading. Because of him, I read more, researched more, and presented more in class in order to keep pace with my fellow students. I soon realized that his high standards were set in place to train me to be sharp, ?exible, knowledgeable and con?dent in life. I can’t thank him enough, and I will always have admiration for him.”

Do you still keep in contact with any of your class-mates, professors, or staff?
“Yes, I do. I still have good contact with many of my classmates, fellow students, professors and UC staff. Though we have chosen separate paths for work, our friendships are still fresh and cool just as they were when we were at school.”

What was your most memorable moment as a student of the University of Cambodia?
“I have had many great moments in the life as a student at UC. I would say the most memorable moment was Graduation Day. It was the most exciting time to receive my very ?rst academic degree. It was a proud moment to showcase what I had done in my academic career.”

What advice can you offer to incoming or current students?
“I want everyone to start fresh, and to always do your best in everything you encounter. The learning environment of High School must be updated to the tough competitive academic environment of university. You should expect more work, more reading, and more re-search. It is dif?cult, I know, but the hard work will make you become a better version of yourself.”

What is your current job? Is your current job related to your study program from the University of Cambodia?
“I am currently working as a part-time lecturer to medical students at Chenla University. The course I am teaching is English for Medical, which is not related to the program I took at UC. However, I am currently waiting for employment results from an ASE-AN Training Center within a government ministry. I expect the results in late January or early February. If I get selected, this will be the best career of my life, and I will be able to use my IR degree.”

What are your career achievements you would like to share with students?
“Personally, I think that I have not yet made great achievements in my career yet, but I can proudly say that being a lecturer has given me an opportunity not only to teach, but to share with them many thoughts of how to prepare for their studies, their future career and lives. I want everyone to be brave and to stand up and face his or her failures, accept the truth, and learn from it so that you won’t have to face the problem again. Or if you do, at least you will know how to react and deal with such a problem.”

What career advice would you like to give to stu-dents to better prepare them for the real world? “In the real world, it’s not just good grades that count; you need to have experiences outside the classroom to give evidence to your prospective employer that you are capable of dealing with real situations. Do not lock yourself up in the classroom, and then just come back home. Challenge yourself with real work through volunteering, attending workshops, or creating a group to do something that bene?ts others. These simple yet remarkable experiences are the background of your performance that proves whether you are ready to compete in the real job market or not. You will feel superior and con?dent once you are holding your CV that is full of good grades and awesome work experience to show to your future employer.”

Can current UC students/alumni contact you for career related advice? How should they contact you?
I would love to help as much as I can. They can email me at: linda.saya22@gmail.com.”

Describe UC in 3 words?
“Inspiration, wisdom, and leadership.”

What is your lasting impression of UC?
“The very last word I would like to say is thank you to the University of Cambodia, especially to H.E Presi-dent, Vice Presidents, faculty members and all UC staff who have taken part in building a very strong program which has been nurturing thousands of human resources every year since 2004. I am so thankful that I was one of the lucky scholarship winners back in 2009, and one of the quali?ed degree graduates from this respectful university. May everyone who has been part of my success be blessed with health, prosperity and success.”

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